This past year has been one which will be etched in my memory.  Within this year I have experienced the joy of welcoming a new granddaughter and the sorrow of saying an earthly good-by to my mother. We will celebrate Mother’s Day in a few days and it will be one that will bring back fond memories of my mother and I will anticipate creating new memories with my little granddaughter.

Each year at this time my children often ask, “What would you like for Mother’s Day?” This year I know exactly what I want.  I want to create memories. This will be the first Mother’s Day for my younger daughter and I want to experience new adventures with her. Times when we enjoy conversations about motherhood and times when we share the joy of seeing her little daughter grow and develop. With my older daughter I want to make memories of sharing recipes, watching her daughter and son grow and mature as they enter the teenage years and enjoy playing board games that make us laugh. I want our families to share holidays together and grow close as we create new memories.  That is what I want. Nothing that has a price tag. Just memories that are priceless.

I realize now that my mother is gone that there are so many questions I wish I had asked her. There are so many stories I heard several times, but other stories I would love to hear again. Still others I would like to hear that remain untold. I have learned the value of communication. I want to establish a legacy that will be a sweet memory for my children.

More than anything else I hope that each of my children and grandchildren will remember that I prayed for them. That is the priceless gift I give to them. I am reminded of a poem by an unknown author that remains my favorite. It has no title – just a simple message.

You may have riches and wealth untold,

Crowns of jewels and coffers of gold,

But richer than I you will never be –

I have a mother

Who prays for me.

Although our memories may fade with time, our prayers remain for eternity.

“And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.” Revelation 5:8 (NLT)

May you enjoy this Mother’s Day whether you honor your mother or you are honored by your children. May you create memories that will be treasured for generations to come.

“But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.” Deuteronomy 4: (NLT)

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